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Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia

Challenges in a Changing Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Serge Morand, Claire Lajaunie, Rojchai Satrawaha


316 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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Southeast Asia is highly diversified in terms of socio-ecosystems and biodiversity, but is undergoing dramatic environmental and social changes. These changes characterize the recent period and can be illustrated by the effects of the Green Revolution in the late 1960s and 1970s, to the globalization of trade and increasing agronomic intensification over the past decade.

Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia provides theoretical overviews and challenges for applied research in living resource management, conservation ecology, health ecology and conservation planning in Southeast Asia. Five key themes are addressed: origin and evolution of Southeast Asian biodiversity; challenges in conservation biology; ecosystem services and biodiversity; managing biodiversity and living resources; policy, economics and governance of biodiversity. Detailed case studies are included from Thailand and the Lower Mekong Basin, while other chapters address cross-cutting themes applicable to the whole Southeast Asia region.

This is a valuable resource for academics and students in the areas of ecology, conservation, environmental policy and management, Southeast Asian studies and sustainable development.

Table of Contents

1. The History and Diversity of South-east Asia

Morand Serge and Lajaunie Claire

2. The continental fossil record and the history of biodiversity in Southeast Asia

Julien Claude

3. Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Diversity

Daniel Robinson

4. Landscape changes and policies for biodiversity and environment conservation in Southeast Asia

Jean-François Cornu, Claire Lajaunie, Henri Laborde, Serge Morand

5. How Conserving Biodiversity Will Help The ASEAN Countries Adapt To Changing Conditions

Jeffrey A. McNeely and Songtam Suksawang

6. Wildlife and emerging diseases in Southeast Asia

Julien Cappelle and Serge Morand

7. Diversity of Weed and Agricultural Management

Rachanee Nam-Matra

8. From Landscape Patterns to Ecosystem Functions: Watershed Services Based on Different Land Use and Climate Change Scenarios

Yongyut Trisurat

9. Which ecosystem services for disease regulation and health improvement taking into account biodiversity and health interactions?

Aurélie Binot, Serge Morand

10. Natural systems and climate change resilience in the Lower Mekong Basin. Future directions for biodiversity, agriculture and livelihoods in a rapidly changing environment

Jeremy Carew-Reid and Luke Taylor

11. Participatory Learning and Management of Biodiversity: The Companion Modelling Approach

Pongchai Dumrongrojwatthana, Chutapa Kunsook, Kobchai Worapimphong

12. The Shifting Politics of Biodiversity Governance in Southeast Asia: a Review and Findings from Thailand

Witchuda Srang-iam

13. Biodiversity ecosystems and human health a complicated but important science policy challenge

Hans Keune, Suneetha M. Subramanian, Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Sate Ahmad, Mohammed Mofizur Rahman, Mohammed Nurul Azam, Zita Sebesvari, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Serge Morand, Conor Kretsch, Pim Martens, Heidi Wittmer

14. International and regional governance in Health and Biodiversity

Claire Lajaunie and Serge Morand

About the Editors

Serge Morand is an evolutionary ecologist working at the French CNRS and CIRAD, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Technology, Kasetsart University and Invited Professor at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Claire Lajaunie is a doctor of law working in international environmental law and its links with regulation regarding health and ethical issues. Currently working for INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), she conducts research in a research unit dedicated to Environmental Comparative Law (Ceric-DICE).

Rojchai Satrawaha is Associate Professor and former Director of the Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute at Mahasarakham University, Thailand.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Environmental Science